Take it somewhere else!

July 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm 7 comments

Ever seen one of those vehicles with a “no gun” sign on their windows? I did yesterday. And it got me thinking.

The sign, according to a friend, means the vehicle has windows with a bullet-proof glass so shooting at it won’t bear the desired result. But the flaw of the sign, as I saw it, is that it doesn’t read “bullet proof glass”. It simply has a gun, with a red \ mark on it. Exactly like those no-smoking signs you see in bars. Implying to the naive eye that loading guns on the car or shooting at it isn’t allowed. So.. what?! You are free to take an aim at every other vehicle?

Also, let’s say you were a driver to a humanitarian organization taking food-ration to a starving village in Africa (keep your pants on, I ain’t implying famine only hits africa. It just is a frequent visitor, is all!!). Unless you simply are trying to show off, what’s the use of telling the respective rebels that your vehicle has bullet proof windows? If they got it in for you, and if it’s your “Qen” (as we say back here), doesn’t the sign actually suggest that they use a hand-grenade instead?! Just saying!

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  • 1. abyssinia  |  July 15, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    @ what’s the use of telling the respective rebels that your vehicle has bullet proof windows?

    Don’t waste your bullet maletachew yehonal. Gude, eko new!

  • 2. abesheet  |  July 16, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Lol Abby. You just might be right 😉 . So nice to see you again, by the way 8) .

  • 3. abyssinia  |  July 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you, abesheet. So nice to be back.

    Missed your blog when I was away on vacation…it was very tempting but tried to stay away from any cyber activity for a change.

  • 4. Ras X  |  July 17, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Good one.
    Reminds me of the saying that goes “People that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks”. Where the response would be, “How about no one should throw rocks, no matter what kind of house they live in.” Unless that is, they are trapped in a glass house, and they need to get out. So the saying should actually be, only people that live in glass houses should throw rocks, provided that they are trapped inside.

  • 5. sistu  |  July 20, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Abby baby, welcome back. Abesheet is being shy enji she missed you big. Alaskemit bilagn neber with her “abbyn yaye, werotawin ikeflalelhu” mastawekeeyas. Was starting to wonder if the rest of us meant anything at all. part kidding. Anyways inquan dena metash, i just saw your name on the recent comments and rushed to say hi. I have a bit of catching up to do myself so zor zor biye lannib. i might see you on the other posts. Abesheet, welcome back to you too! tilachugn tefachu iko, i felt so lost. lost enough to _____(dash).

  • 6. sistu  |  July 21, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Ras X,
    I have been hearing that saying quite a bit lately (politics, perhaps?) Its one of my favorite sayings.
    Now, while i agree with your No Stones Launched Forth policy as the disciplinary-ly right one to pursue, I have to admit that i have a soft spot for the art/sport of stone-throwing (at whomever, from wherever). Where I am from, which might not be where you are from, the test of a truly great man/woman is whether s/he can cast stones at others and live to brag about it to friends, family or, for cases where those two might prove dangerous, to self. The act assesses (and hopefully validates) one’s confidence, power and impenetrability of one’s protection scheme and support system. That act, as far as i know, is the only rite-of-passage that our un-Onkonkwo’s-like society has made available for us… Which brings me to my point, if i lived in a glass house I would be throwing stones galore with the main reason being that, if i lived in an glass house anywhere in the forever-developing world, then in all likelihood i also live in a compound protected by a Babylonisque stone wall aka ‘yetentalele ginb atir’, which makes retaliation impossible (here is to hoping that you will soon have someone next to you who can explain that concept in full)

    Case in point: Hiruy, my childhood neighbor, who lived in one such glass house with the said stone sanctuary from behind which he would peek his pestly head now and then to cast the occasional stone… which would have been a very hilarious action/sight/thought had my thin tin roofs not been at the receiving end of his bravado through his teenage years. So i’m even inclined to sympathize with the bullet-proof car subjects of Abesheet’s post. who knows, maybe some little pest tormented them mercilessly through their childhood and they are now reveling in their ability to be at the protected end of the firing games of this world. Call it Oedistone/Oedibullet Complex. where is freud when u need him? btw, i think i have earned the right to have my children cast a few stones during their lifetimes…i just hope i will afford to build them the glass house to throw their stones from.

  • 7. Xendu  |  September 14, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I believe the sign is meant to convey to possible rebels/freedom fighters and other ‘power players’ in various locales out of city bounds, that there are no guns stacked inside the vehicle. That the purpose of the passengers is entirely peaceful and humanitarian…. (no soldiers inside, and no guns being transported)

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